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Superhero Transformations - Families of Functions - 21st Century Math Project

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Homeschool
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BOOM! POW! WHAMO! If those words remind you of your 7th Period Class, I... think you need to find someone that can help you. If your kids dig comics and comic-book movies. This 21st Century Math Project might be perfect for them!

Turn your Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus classroom into Superhero City while teaching the useful skills of transformations. Specifically focusing on translations and reflections, heroes paired with a specific mathematics function family, have to zap enemies all over the coordinate grid into submission to save their city. Students will use cutouts of functions to turn this into a hands-on math project that will serve many different types of learners and plays into their childhood superhero infatuations!

In this 25 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. ***THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH A GOOGLE SLIDES INTERACTIVE VERSION INCLUDED. REDOWNLOAD IF YOU HAVE IT ALREADY***

In all it is four different assignments --

-- “F(x) Men”. Students will understand the relationship between vertical and horizontal translations on a coordinate plane and their algebra. This is a task that intends to scaffold the concepts that will be in the more challenging problems.

-- “Join the Squad”. Students will use vertical and horizontal translations with multiple functions to zap the enemies into submission. Each Mission has slightly different requirements so students need to read carefully.

-- “Reflections”. This introduces students to flipping functions horizontally or vertically and how that relates to changes in the functions. Doing this activity with a graphing calculate to check their work could be a useful addition.

-- and finally “The Boss Challenge”. Students must put all of their skills together in order to translation and reflect functions in such a way to eliminate all enemies.

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Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Represent transformations in the plane using, e.g., transparencies and geometry software; describe transformations as functions that take points in the plane as inputs and give other points as outputs. Compare transformations that preserve distance and angle to those that do not (e.g., translation versus horizontal stretch).
Identify the effect on the graph of replacing 𝘧(𝘹) by 𝘧(𝘹) + 𝘬, 𝘬 𝘧(𝘹), 𝘧(𝘬𝘹), and 𝘧(𝘹 + 𝘬) for specific values of 𝘬 (both positive and negative); find the value of 𝘬 given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology.
Combine standard function types using arithmetic operations. For example, build a function that models the temperature of a cooling body by adding a constant function to a decaying exponential, and relate these functions to the model.
Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.
Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers, namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.


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